Happy Halloween

October 31, 2018 | By: Jessica Helmer

Driving Safety Tips on Halloween:

  • Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.
  • Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs.
  • Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully.
  • Eliminate any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.
  • Drive slowly, anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances.

Homeowner Safety Tips:

  • Keep it Clear – Clear steps and lawns of any tripping hazards (electric cords, hoses, etc.).
  • Pet Protection – Put any pets away. The sights and sounds of Halloween may be frightening to them too, which could lead to aggressive behavior.
  • Pathways – Keep your sidewalks and pathways clearly lit.
  • Store Bought – Save the homemade treats for another time.

Chicago Women in Trades Open House

October 30, 2018 | By: Jessica Helmer

Tuesday October 30th members of the ATD team attended the Chicago Women In Trades. Led by tradeswomen, CWIT continues to work toward changing these statistics by providing support and education to tradeswomen; increasing training for women and girls to enter nontraditional jobs; providing technical assistance to employers, unions, and other tradeswomen groups; documenting trends in the nontraditional workplace; and advocating for improved policies and practices that support women’s access to nontraditional training and jobs, as well as success and safety on the job. Executive Director Jayne Vellinga gave tours throughout the evening of the space. Above are some pictures!!

Little City Therapeutic Day School

October 6, 2018 | By: Jessica Helmer

Very proud of our TEAM!!!!

Several of ALL-TECH's finest dedicated some time out of their busy schedule to perform some charitable painting work at LITTLE CITY THERAPEUTIC DAY SCHOOL in Palatine.

On Saturday, October 6th we met onsite with our contact person (Tony) and we are painting doors, frames and various rooms in the facility. What a great group of people to joined our general superintendent, Mike LeGood to help refresh a schools appearance.

Sharing their day.....from left to right
Tim Patsis DC14 Journeyman ATD
Justin Patsis Tim's son and want to be future union painter apprentice!!!!
Jose Marquez DC14 Journeyman ATD
Steve Higgins DC14 Apprentice ATD
Cecilia Renteria DC14 Apprentice ATD

ATD Gives Back – TLS Veterans

October 2, 2018 | By: Jessica Helmer

ATD has selected TLS Veterans as our support cause this year during Safety Fest. Don and Dave have graciously offered to have ATD match the funds we raise for the event to TLS Veterans.

We raised over $2,600 dollars and contributed many everyday goods for our Vets!

TLS Veterans (TRANSFORMING LIVES THROUGH SERVICE TO VETERANS) IS A NOT FOR PROFIT ORGANIZATION that provides services necessary to experience hope and achieve success to veterans in need and their families. TLS serves veterans, current active duty military members, the National Guard and their families in Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin. Men and women from WWII, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, Operation Desert Storm and OEF/OIF have successfully participated in their services and have found shelter, food, employment and support while reconnecting with their communities and their families. TLS will have a booth at Safety Fest - they appreciate our efforts and they are excited to meet everyone. To check out TLS Veterans go to www.tlsveterans.org

3rd Quarter ATD Stands Up For Safety: Ergonomics! Sept. 24th - 28th

September 24-28, 2018 | By: Jessica Helmer

Construction work requires constant motion of the body in ways that may not always be too comfortable for most individuals. It is extremely important to step back, evaluate the work load, and figure out where you could change up the way you are performing a task to become more “ergonomically correct”.

Always begin and end the day with a stretch and flex session. This is a 5-10-minute session that allows for the muscles to warm up and get loose. Make sure to stretch the entire body from the neck on down to the ankles.

Proper methods of lifting and handling protect against injury. Proper lifting makes work easier. You need to “think” about what you are going to do before bending to pick up an object. Overtime, safe lifting technique should become a habit.

Painting, taping, and hanging all require some sort of overhead work. This can be especially straining on the neck and shoulders. There is an increased risk for injury when holding material above shoulder eight, twisting arms in an awkward position, working with unstable footing, frequent flexing of the neck, or performing repetitive movements combined with force.

Moving material is always easier when you have equipment to help you out. Save your body any chance you can. Simple things we can use every day to move material include pallet/pallet jacks, rolling carts, and mini bakers for example. This removes the strain from your body substantially.